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Blackbourn Deanery (1812-1900) We're pleased to announce the latest CD in our Baptism Index Series:

Blackbourn Deanery 1813*-1900* [BPI-08/P1]. Covering 34 Anglican parishes to the north & north-east of Bury St Edmunds up to the Norfolk border. Full details of parishes, including years*, in our listings: Suffolk Parishes.

Special thanks to all our dedicated helpers both in and out of county who’ve worked on this.
(added 26 Apr 2015)


The deadline for contributions to the June issue of "Roots" has now passed. Any late-running articles for June publication should please be sent immediately to the editor.

The September issue (copy deadline 21st July) will address the theme "Suffolk Airfields - those who built them; served on them; flew from them or have interesting stories about them"

Other articles covering the usual wide-ranging topics of general or local genealogical interest will, as always be very welcome.

(See our Roots page for a full listing of Themes).
(added 26 Apr 2015)


Pip Wright, whom I'm sure many of you know, is researching a book about Suffolk history in the Charity School in Earl Stonham. He would like more information about the schoolmaster and boys for a class in 1732. If you think that you might be able to help then click here for details.
(added 19 Apr 2015)


We're pleased to announce the latest CD in our Baptism Index Series:

Hoxne Deanery (1754-1812) Hoxne Deanery 1754-1812* [BPI-12/P2] in the north east of the county and covering 25 Anglican parishes between Mendham in the north and Saxtead in south. Full details of parishes, including years*, in our listings: Suffolk Parishes.

Special thanks to our team of dedicated helpers working at the Ipswich Record Office and from home..
(added 5 Mar 2015)


40th Anniversary Logo

The Society has its foundation in Lowestoft in 1975. If you were an early or perhaps even a founding member, we would love to hear what you recall of those early days.

Did you play a role in the subsequent establishment of the Regional Groups - or have you a story to tell about more recent years? And in this ever- changing world of on-line data access how would you like to see the Society tackle the next 40 years. Whether amusing or annoying; of friendships or frustration; about the past, the present or the future we'd love to hear from you.

Suffolk Roots editor Geoff Dennish is co-ordinating this work and would love to hear from you: by post: at 12 Hall Road, Stowmarket, IP14 1TN or Email
(added 29 Jan 2015)


It was with great sadness I have been informed of the sad death of Ron Greenslade, one of our Honorary Life Members. Ron was a well loved and respected member of our Society who together with his late wife Jean, was an active member of the Bury St Edmunds group and a member of their committee for many years. Without doubt his greatest achievement for the Society was managing the transcribing and indexing of the Suffolk Burial Index burials 1538-1900. Ron was a lovely man who will be greatly missed by all his colleagues at the Society and everybody who knew him.

Douglas A Howlett, Chairman
(added 27 Jan 2015)


We are pleased to announce that our new shop is now open! We are now using a more powerful program to run the shop and we hope that customers will find this easy to use. You still have a choice of paying either by Credit Card or PayPal.
(added 13 Jan 2015)


Please note that Bury St Edmunds Group are changing the venue of their monthly meetings. As from 21 January 2015, meetings will be held at: Hyndman Centre, Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3JT
(added 10th Jan 2015)


The Lord Tollemache Our Society would like to extend our congratulations to Lord Tollemache one of our Honorary Life Members who has been made Knight Commander of The Royal Victorian Order in the Queen's New Year's Honours.

Lord Tollemache, who lives at Helmingham Hall has recently retired from his role as the Queen’s representative in Suffolk, a position he had held since 2003. During that time he played a key role in many Royal visits, presenting medals and honours, liaising with Suffolk’s military and visiting schools.

Douglas A Howlett, Chairman
(added 2 Jan 2015)


Winners of Christmas Quiz The Jean Evan’s Memorial Shield was again keenly contested at the Haverhill Christmas Quiz with the ‘Far and Wide’ team of Sylvia, Lyndesay, Maria & Carol receiving the honours from Committee member Wilma Power.
(added 1 Jan 2015)


Bury quiz winners It’s the Society’s 40th Anniversary year and we wish all our members and visitors an especially happy and successful 2015.
(added 27 Nov 2014)


Haverhill group’s WW1 & WW2 exhibition finished on a high when members heard their request for a CWGC memorial on the previously unknown grave of soldier buried in their cemetery had been agreed. We will remember them The discovery of Pte Stephen Webb’s grave was made by Secretary Charmian Thompson, pictured far right with other members, who had all contributed to the town’s Roll of Honour.
(added 1 Dec 2014)


SFHS Fair Members and visitors alike received a warm welcome to the Fair, held in new Ipswich UCS waterfront venue.
Pictured: Howard King and Amanda Straderick on the door.

SFHS Fair On offer were a tempting mix of stalls, popular talks and a research room staffed by members from the Society’s groups.
Pictured: Ann Youngs & Jeanie Smith helping members Raymond & Shirley Beaumont from Nuneaton.
(added 23 Oct 2014)